Police investigate small explosion in restroom at Ocean Beach park

Authorities investigate after a "cricket" bomb exploded in a restroom at Dusty Rhodes Park in Ocean Beach on Dec. 11.

Authorities say a ‘cricket’ bomb exploded at Dusty Rhodes Park as a man was using the restroom.


Authorities were investigating after a small explosive device known as a “cricket” bomb exploded in a restroom at Dusty Rhodes Park in Ocean Beach the morning of Dec. 11, San Diego police said.

No one was injured, police said.

A man who had been using the restroom called police at about 8:45 a.m. to report the explosion at the park on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard near Nimitz Boulevard.

During the investigation, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department’s Metro Arson Strike Team and bomb squad found remnants of a small cricket bomb in the restroom, police Lt. Casey Gini told OnScene.TV.

Cricket bombs contain shrapnel that is thrown when the explosive goes off. “People could be seriously injured,” Gini said.

Gini said the man who was in the restroom at the time of the explosion had “some ringing in his ears” but was not hit by any shrapnel.

The man told police that another man left the restroom as he walked in. However, it wasn’t clear who placed the bomb, Gini said.


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